From a press release:

“Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., with tickets on sale to the public on Monday, June 27.

“Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown—they’re hungry for the truth,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. “Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers.”

Farm Aid 2016, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs Robots. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday I went into Killer ESP in Alexandria for a latte, and it was very crowded. I waited a while to order and then again a long time to get my coffee. Finally, they called my name, I picked up my cup (with my name on it) and headed out. After a few sips, I realized it was not the latte I’d ordered but a cafe au lait. (Later noticed under the sleeve that it said au lait.) Not a huge deal, so I went about my day. Then, because they use Square, I got an email asking about my experience. I gave them my feedback and received the rudest customer service responses I have ever had. Here’s the actual live chain of comments… 


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“Trains service being restored, with single tracking, between Rosslyn & Ballston. Station personnel notifying customers. 11:19a #wmata”


“Orange/Silver Line: No train service btwn Rosslyn & Ballston due to fire department activity outside Clarendon. Bus service available.”

“#wmata personnel & FD continuing investigation at Clarendon. Train service remains suspended between Rosslyn-Ballston, shuttles avail 10:37a”

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“Dear PoPville,

We’re getting married in VA and want to use a friend to marry us; she is not ordained and we were originally thinking to take the approach of the online ordination. That seems to be clearly prohibited by VA due to recent court decisions in the last 5 years. So our question is just ot see if anyone has any luck figuring this out so that a friend could facilitate the ceremony.”

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From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella announces Isabella Eatery, an unprecedented restaurant project at Tysons Galleria set to open in summer 2017. Mike Isabella Concepts (MIC) will take over the space at 2001 International Dr. in McLean, Va, becoming the sole proprietor of the 41,000-square-foot dining complex that occupies a portion of the upscale Northern Virginia mall’s third floor. Made up of nine distinct eateries and a cocktail bar, Isabella Eatery will include returning Mike Isabella Concepts favorites, like Yona and Pepita, as well as brand-new concepts such as a gourmet coffee shop and a classic ice cream parlor. Unlike many other chef-driven projects in commercial spaces, Isabella will not be operating through a management agreement, but will instead be opening as a lease holder.

“This is by far the biggest project we’ve ever taken on,” Isabella said, “But I think we are uniquely positioned to succeed here. All our great Mike Isabella Concepts chefs are on board and bringing their individual perspectives and flavors to Isabella Eatery. Each of our other openings and events have paved the way for this.”

An executive chef and general manager, both yet to be named, will oversee the high-end food emporium’s 10 concepts and 10,000-square-foot kitchen. Isabella Eatery’s individual concepts will offer a mix of dine-in, carryout and specialty retail items. The space will include unified table service for several of the concepts in a nearly 300-seat common area, including versions of Yona, Requin and Pepita, as well as a cocktail bar and Spanish concept, Arroz. A version of Isabella’s Italian-inspired restaurant, Graffiato, a coffee shop, an ice cream parlor, and an enclosed Mediterranean grill will also be among the dining options. In addition to the common and enclosed dining areas, the food emporium will include lounge-style seats bringing total available seating across all concepts to about 600. Isabella Eatery will be open daily from 9am to 10pm, and Non-Fiction Coffee will begin serving cups of joe at 6am.


B Chord
Photo via B Chord Brewing Company

Thanks to all who forwarded this painful read – hoping B Chord Brewing Company prevails!

“how did it go yesterday? Terrible. Awful. Disturbing. All words that describe what is happening to us. Apparently we have become ground zero for the fight over farm breweries in Virginia and agriculture tourism in Loudoun County.

When I met with Loudoun County officials repeatedly in the Fall of last year to discuss my brewery plans they indicated that it was exactly what they had envisioned would be an idea Farm Brewery for Loudoun. The Loudoun Board Of Supervisors overwhelming voted to pass the zoning ordinances enabling Farm Breweries in January. They made the rules and they passed them. The Economic Development folks strongly encouraged us to proceed and offered any help they could bring. I worked closely with the Counties Economic Development Team, The Zoning Department and the Health Department to address issues and potential problems that they had learned about from some of the other breweries that have already opened. In fact, many of the County employees indicated to me that we were a “model for how this should go”. The County added us to the Go Loudoun brewery farm trail and publicly supported our Brewery along with the other already opened farm breweries. Plenty of politicians also indicated that they supported farm breweries and would be happy to see us open. A few visited the farm to show that support. Over the course of the summer we built a 1 acre hops yard growing 6 different hops varieties. We received lots of help both from the county and from the state with our initial hops plantings etc. We invested over $100K on site development work like grading, parking area and even a commercial septic system. We continued to built out or brewery and at the appropriate time we filled for our ABC Brewery license. We expected to be open by now.

Everything has now changed. (more…)

brau crabs

From DC Brau Brewing Company:

“YOU HEARD RIGHT FOLKS!!!!! We just released 50 more tickets to the crabfest! Get ’em here NOW before they sell out!”

August 10, 2015 – For the FOURTH year DC BRAU and the Quarterdeck are teaming up for their epic flagship crab-crackin’ get down. This is going to be the event of DC BEER WEEK. Please help DC BRAU celebrate indigenous beer and these indigenous Mid-Atlantic delicacies at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Arlington, VA. ALL YOU CAN EAT CRABS and DC BRAU $1 DRAFTS//$5 PITCHERS!!! What!?!?!? $1 Drafts? $5 Pitchers? We must be insane!!! Yes, we are! Insane with our craving for these colorful crustaceans!!! Eat til your full…#nobull [TICKETS]

Rendering courtesy OTG

From a press release:

“Page, a new eatery developed with The District’s own Chef Carla Hall opened at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s Terminal A. Hall, best known for her vibrant personality on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ and ABC’s ‘The Chew,’ partnered with airport hospitality group OTG to bring local flair and fare to the comfort food menu.

The 110-seat restaurant serves up an assortment of locally inspired favorites, including a Pimento Cheese Dip, Cured Ham and Biscuits, Virginia She Crab Soup, Chesapeake Oysters, Vegetarian Quinoa Burger, Lobster Roll and BBQ Cobb Salad.

“As a proud resident of D.C. and a frequent business traveler at DCA it is so exciting for me to be a part of this project. Whether you are making a flight connection, or spending time in the city, you have the opportunity to taste local food right at the airport,” said Carla Hall. “There are so many amazing culinary influencers with D.C. roots it’s fabulous that diversity and a celebration of local fare is making its way to our airport. I love the people here, I love cooking here, I love calling this home.”

Conveniently located in the center of the boarding gates, travelers can pull up to this new outpost, charge up their devices thanks to outlets at each seat, and order food from a visual menu off an iPad. The iPads also enable travelers to check the status of their flight, complimentary browse the web, or enjoy a number of pre-loaded apps. The 75-plus tablets situated throughout the restaurant seamlessly integrate into the guest experience, operating off of OTG’s award-winning software platform floTM.

The design of Page brings a bold and modern update to the iconic terminal, while preserving its historic and unique architecture. OTG’s partners in this venture Pleasant News and Baldi Management Group (BMG) will soon add to the eclectic dining options in Terminal A. Pleasant News will operate Custom Burger, Tagliare and Boars Head Deli and Baldi Management will operate Dunkin Donuts.

The opening of Page is part of a larger initiative to transform Terminal A. In the coming months, OTG in conjunction with The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Marketplace Development will continue to introduce new dining and retail offerings.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Thanks to a reader for sending from WKRG:

“UNIQLO, the global apparel retailer and creator of LifeWear – innovative, high-quality clothing that is universal in design and promotes comfort – today announced its next stage of expansion along the East and West Coasts and in the Central Region of the United States. The brand will:

Open stores in the Seattle, Denver and DC Metro area for the first time

Marking the brand’s entry in the DC Metro area, UNIQLO will open its first store at Tyson’s Corner Center.

The Tysons Corner Center attracts tens of millions of shoppers each year from around the world, and UNIQLO will present its latest collections in a total store space of approximately 10,000 square feet.”

7000 Newington Rd, Lorton, VA

The fine folks at Meridian Pint were kind enough to invite me along while they toured the newly opened Fairwinds Brewing Company. For me touring a brewery is about as close to heaven as it gets and this one was no exception. There are three key components to a good tour – the beer (obviously), the space and the people. These guys hit it out of the park in all categories. But first a bit of info from their website:

“March 2, 2015– Fair Winds Brewing Co. is pleased to announce it will be opening its doors this week. [March 4th]

“We are very excited to be introducing hand crafted beer, tasting room and brewery to customers in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area”, said Casey Jones, CEO of Fair Winds Brewing Company.
The almost 13,000 square foot facility is complete with a fully operational packaging brewery featuring a 30 barrel system and expansive tasting room. The Tasting Room will be open Wednesdays-Fridays 4-8 pm, and Saturdays 12- 9 pm. Fair Winds Brewing is located at 7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L, Lorton VA.

Casey Jones and Charlie Buettner established Fair Winds Brewing Company in order to bring quality craft beer to Fairfax County, Virginia. Premium Distributors of Virginia will begin distributing Fair Winds Howling Gale IPA, Following Cs Pale Ale, Running Light Red and Quayside Kolsch in March.”

Now you can see the tasting room (more photos after the jump) is huge – below is just part of it:


And the people, especially owner Casey Jones and head brewer Charlie Buettner were incredibly passionate, knowledgeable and kind. Buettner, formerly of Mad Fox, has shepherded through some delicious first brews. But I’m not a critic, so you’ll just have to try them for yourself and see what you think. And to that end, I’ll admit that I don’t often hit up Lorton, VA so here comes the good news for DC – Meridian Pint, Brookland Pint and Smoke & Barrel will all feature Fairwinds Brews in early April. Stay tuned for the exact date of a DC launch party to be held at Meridian Pint. In the meantime – lots more photos and if you do wind up in Lorton you should definitely stop by.

note the music the beer was brewed to is included. Awesome

Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)